Despite a few high points, the Nissan Altima is not competitive among midsized sedans. In a segment brimming with better cars, the Altima is a lackluster choice. It ranks below virtually all of its competitors with a humdrum driving experience. Among its virtues are a roomy rear seat and good fuel economy. With the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder, we measured a commendable 29 mpg overall.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Nissan Altima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Screen goes blank when camera is hit with bright sunlight."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Center display freezes up and then goes through updating procedure and starts operating properly. Mostly the backup camera display."

Anonymous, SC (2017 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Periodically, the Display screen will freeze, go blank, and then reset itself. Sometimes it happens when I try to pair my phone or plug my phone in using the aux cord. I informed the dealership, and they were not able to fix it."

Alyson H., NV (2017 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Entire nav system and audio unit was replaced about one week after delivery"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"If I was driving or in the car the bluetooth function was o.k., but could retrieve messages left when I was away from the car."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes my phone won't function with the system, even when the system says my phone is paired. I have to delete my device from the system and then re-pair it. The dealership has not been able to fix this problem."

Alyson H., NV (2017 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"At times the machine does not understand the commands that are given to it and they have to be repeated up to four times. At times it does not understand the command and pulls up something that does not seem similar at all. This has occurred periodically since we purchased the car. We have not asked for this to be fixed. The dealership has been unable to fix the charging station plug ins so we assume that won't be able to do anything about this other issue. We can live with the inconvenience."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Thump/Rattle noise from trunk when hitting bumps. On average noise every 5 minutes but that depends on how bumpy the road is. Not yet resolved."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the 2nd Nissan Altima we have purchased. Completely satisfied, it's a reliable car at a good price. Unfortunately the price also brings along a few unrefined problems. There are a few rattles in the dashboard and now a rattle behind the air conditioning vents when it is running. Fortunately my husband can tune out the noises, but if this were primary car, I would pay a mechanic to see if it could be fixed."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Nissan Altima Unsure Unsure)

"noisy"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Air leaks through car doors and A lot of noise from outside car"

David B., VT (2017 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car made a high-pitched noise when idling, sounded like a UFO. Ended up being power steering line that was vibrating."

Mark D., GA (2017 Nissan Altima SR 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to bring it to the dealer after a couple of visits the problem was fixed"

Anonymous, PR (2017 Nissan Altima 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"You can hear a lot of wind noise it's not fair tight. A lot of cabin noise"

David B., VT (2017 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Brake repairs seem to be the most costly and it is pretty frequent"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Nissan Altima)
Rotors

"The car started to have a bad vibration and the dealer machined the rotors under waranty"

Eric A., NJ (2017 Nissan Altima SL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"All these problems were in fact related. Apparently there was a leak in the brake system which caused the safety systems to malfunction which made the cruise control inoperable. I absolutely despise all the safety features in this car. It’s almost as if Nissan is experimenting with driverless car technology and you are the guinea pig."

Anonymous, LA (2017 Nissan Altima 3.5-L V6)

"The front radar stopped working, making the smart cruise control fail. When we took it in we were told that Nissan had changed the system and the new version in our car failed frequently. It took weeks to get the part in but they finally replaced it and it works well now."

Gary S., OK (2017 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Randomly we would not be able to shift, the gear shift would be "stuck." I do not understand all of the things that had to be done to fix the problem, it is under warranty, but it took several days for the problem to be corrected, as parts had to be ordered."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Nissan Altima Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission was slipping and making noises. Car could barely move while running. Took it to dealer and was covered by warranty and transmission was rebuilt in February 2020. Was without the car for 4 days. This is second Nissan Altima we owned and the transmission quit working. The first was a 2011. Probsbly will not buy another one."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Nissan Altima S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The drivers door was rubbing on the fender and rocker panel molding. when opening the door.They managed to correct the fender rubbing by loosening a nut but the portion of the rocker panel had to be pried away from the door and a screw put in the wheel wall area to hold it from going back to original place. Interestingly, it did not rub when vehicle was in a warm area but after being in the cold for awhile, the rocker panel would somehow go to a position to interfere with the door opening."

Anonymous, MB (2017 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"I unwittingly got ethanol into the fuel system."

Kenneth T., MI (2017 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"About two ywar's ago the transmisson started shurting and car would not move,called nissan and they say there is not a problem that were aware of but i know the knew about all the CVT transmisson's were doing this"

Anonymous, KY (2017 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Difficult to use properly when driving. Not clear on settings, adjustments."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"When the temperature drops below -20 C , the bottom of the door binds against the rocker panel causing the paint to chip off the edge of the door. The dealer has not been able to solve this problem and it has been this way since it was purchased.. I believe and so does the dealer think it is the rocker panel causing the problem."

Anonymous, MB (2017 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

"When set at 72 degrees, does not always blow warm air."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Nissan Altima SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Vibration at 1800 rpm"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Nissan Altima SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
May 28, 2020
Corrosion to the secondary latch may cause it to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released again and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2018 Nissan Altima vehicles. If the primary hood latch is inadvertently released, there is an increased likelihood that the secondary hood latch may corrode over time.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install a stronger release spring in the hood release lever, a warning label near the secondary hood latch, and an Owner¿s Manual addendum card with instructions on how to lubricate and maintain the secondary hood latch mechanism, free of charge. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed July 14, 2020. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. The remedy is expected to become available in July 2021. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669. Note: Recall 16V-029 remains open for any unremedied 2013-2015 Altimas and this recall applies to all vehicles covered by 16V-029 even if those repairs have already been performed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V315000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1831818
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES, STRUCTURE
Dec 19, 2018
If the rear passenger door opens while the vehicle is moving, the rear passengers have an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Altima vehicles, previously remedied under recall number 17V-040. The door latch-lock cable may not have been routed properly in the rear door when the remedy was applied. As a result, the cable may interfere with the window regulator causing the rear passenger door to unlatch and inadvertently open without warning when the window is lowered.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will secure the latch-lock cables in the correct position using the new remedy procedure, free of charge. The recall began February 5, 2019. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7669.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V915000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 341003
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Jan 18, 2017
If the rear passenger doors inadvertently open while the vehicle is in motion, it may increase the risk of injury to the rear passengers.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Altima vehicles. The rear door latch/lock cable on the vehicles may have been improperly routed. As a result, lowering a rear window may inadvertently cause that door to unlatch and open.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will correct the rear door latch/lock cable routing, free of charge. The recall began on February 16, 2017. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V040000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 341005
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